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Team vision and stability

An important aspect of creating a stable team is to make sure that everyone knows, and is working towards the same purpose, focus, aspirations, beliefs and targets.

The organisations mission statement, vision statement, and core values should all tie in to each other. This provides direction for the organisation, the staff and the stakeholders.

Mission statement (something to be accomplished)

A written declaration of an organisation's core purpose and focus that normally remains unchanged over time.

This is what your setting actually does;

What? How? For whom? It should be short, specific and easy to memorise.

Example:

“To provide a safe, nurturing environment that educates and inspires children

Vision statement (something to be pursued for mission accomplishment)

This is what your organisation aspires to be. Your vision statement can and should help drive decisions and goals.

Example:

“To cultivate the potential in every child. To support all children in our setting in being confident, competent communicators who are skilful in problem-solving, and capable of creative thinking”

  

  

Core values

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organisation. These guiding principles dictate behaviour and can help people understand the difference between right and wrong. Core values also help organisations to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their goals by creating an unwavering guide.

  

Core values should focus on:

Accountability, balance, commitment, community, diversity, empowerment, innovation, integrity, ownership and safety

You could use the EYFS Themes and Principles as a starting point. Try limiting your core values to five. Once you get beyond this it’s hard for your employees to remember.

Examples:

  • Developing respectful relationships
  • Recognising the uniqueness of each child
  • Having compassion and understanding
  • Being enthusiastic about learning through play
  • Engaging and motivating all children